Most people can probably agree that we need more diversity and representation in politics, art, and every other area of life. But this is not the way to do it. This week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner drank chocolate milk in the name of diversity, and there’s so much wrong with this situation that we don’t even know where to start.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the incident took place when Rauner visited Chicago’s Thompson Center to discuss workplace diversity with black Hyatt Hotels executive Tyronne Stoudemire. As part of their presentation, Stoudemire poured a glass of plain, white milk to represent how many white men are in positions of power and leadership in business. He added chocolate syrup in to show diversity, and then Rauner stirred it up to represent how important inclusion is.
That part of the example made sense (sort of), but this is where everything went downhill.
Rauner decided to drink the chocolate milk to show that he legit supported the idea of diversity, as all people should.
And to make matters worse? This happened at a Black History Month event. Yes, this is real. No, we are not kidding. Yes, this does sound like something that Michael Scott from The Office would do. Here’s the video, so you can see it for yourself:
As you can imagine, Twitter is having a field day with this development, because lack of diversity and inclusion obviously can’t be solved by a white dude drinking chocolate milk.
Stoudemire himself doesn’t seem to be offended by what Rauner did, though. He told the Tribune, “I give him credit for his willingness to step up and put himself out there… he could have said, ‘No.’”
Well, we guess that’s true. And at least Rauner’s heart was in the right place, which is more than anyone can say for a lot of other politicians.
Rauner’s spokesperson, Rachel Bold, released the following statement to the Tribune:
At least the crowd loved it? Let’s just all remember that diversity is about so much more than that — and doing the work to get there is so worth it… regardless of what flavor milk you like to drink.